Barney Miller

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Graveside services will be held for Mr. Bernard “Barney” Miller, 91, at Prospect Cemetery in Florien Saturday, October 14 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Bo Horn officiating. Born on March 15, 1926, Barney was reared in Florien until age 10 or 11 when his family moved to Texas where he completed high school and enlisted in the U. S. Navy at age 17. He served until the end of the war and following his discharge he was employed by a contractor in California. With nothing more than a high school education, he quickly rose to a position as the company accountant and with the skills he acquired on the job, and qualified for employment with the U. S. Government. His work took him to many parts of the world on his auditing assignments. Immediately following retirement, he ran for State Representative as an outsider, but after being narrowly defeated he never again sought public office. However, he remained very active in civil causes and was often embroiled in situations he believed to involve social injustice. His quest for knowledge knew no limit and he was conversant on any topic that arose. Many people knew him as an accountant and notary with an office in Florien or Many, but others knew him from his many and varied activities. Barney was the driving force in establishing the Sabine Free State Festival in Florien and was a charter member in establishing the WWII museum in New Orleans. Fluent in the Japanese language, he sometimes served as the commander of the VFW Post at Florien for many years and worked at developing the Toledo Bend area where he lived for the 45 plus years since his retirement. He sold lots and promoted the area through his writing. He was a prize winning columnist and at one time published a newsletter to promote the area. Barney’s final, and possibly the most interesting endeavor was his employment for several years as a role player for the U. S. Army Defense Applications Group near Fort Polk. He received more than 20 certificates of achievement and appreciation for his portrayal of various Iraqi and Afghanistan natives. One of his certificates was given for portraying a media personality for an Iraqi radio station, complete with commercials, authentic music, and news reports. He was frequently recognized for his exemplary efforts, initiative and selfdiscipline. However, he will be remembered primarily for his compassion for others, his generosity, and his passion for justice. He will be missed and mourned by many throughout the state and beyond. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Kang Miller; parents, Arvil and Joy Miller; brother, Gene Austin Miller; and his grandson, Brian Nicholson. He is survived by his daughters, Donna Nicholson and husband, Bennie, of Texas and Beverly Tipton and husband, Larry, of Colorado; son, Charles Miller of Idaho; sister, Mary Lou Hutchinson and husband, Jimmy, of Arlington, Texas; step-daughters, Gwen Crandal of California, Joycelyn Pukahi and husband, Daniel, of California, Jackie Fuchigami of Hawaii, and Lynn Mateaki Hong and husband, Seddane, of Hawaii; 24 grandchildren; 75 great grandchildren; 22 greatgreat grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Special thanks to his caregivers, Mary Coutee of Florien and his cousin, Addie Baxter of Natchitoches. In lieu of flowers please donate to the American Cancer Society.

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